Economy

Feedback sought on Bega and Eurobodalla council budgets
News
Both the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire Councils are seeking community feedback on their draft Operational Plans and 2021‑2022. Residents and ratepayers are invited to have their say on the councils' plans for the next financial year to meet the needs of the community, within the available funding sources and staffing levels. Bega Valley Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said Bega's Operational...
Airport extension will allow larger planes to fly into Merimbula
News
Runway extension plans that will allow larger aircraft to land at Merimbula Airport have been given the green light by the Southern Regional Planning Panel. Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the approval marked the start of a series of major civil works at the airport, aimed at increasing visitor numbers to the shire. “Securing the services of...
Time to have your say on the Moruya bypass route
News
Eurobodalla motorists, frustrated by traffic congestion and delays through the Moruya township, are being invited to have their say on the proposed route for a bypass. Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the chosen corridor would be used to develop design options for Moruya bypass in the next phase of the project. “Bypass connections to the Princes Highway will be...
Angus Taylor labels campaign to oust him as ‘defamatory mudslinging’
News
The Member for Hume and Federal Minister for Energy Angus Taylor has downplayed a campaign in his electorate that aims to oust him from his seat. Region Media recently published a story about the Vote Angus Out campaign that's gaining support in the Hume electorate and invited the Liberal MP to respond. However, on Wednesday, 12 May, Mr Taylor only wanted...
Cooma’s new Recovery Hub helping community get back on its feet
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Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Business Australia have opened the Business and Recovery Hub in Cooma as a one-stop shop for members of the public and businesses to gain access to support following drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic. The Hub is now open 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at 57 Vale Street in Cooma, and offers...
Forestry Corp makes room at Blowering in time for Easter campers
News
There will be a collective cheer echoing throughout the Snowy Valleys this week as salvage operations in the state forests bordering Blowering Dam's western foreshore area temporarily cease over the Easter long weekend. This means a limited area at the popular camping and fishing spot will be open to the public from noon Thursday 1 April 2021 until noon Tuesday...
Bega Council traineeships offer young people the chance of a career in their own community
Business
It's the question many young people are often asked - what are you going to be when you grow up? Not everyone knows the answer, even after completing Year 12, but Bega Valley Shire Council might be able to provide some with answers as they prepare to offer Council Traineeships giving school leavers a chance to live in their own...
Half-price flights a winning ticket for Merimbula, but Moruya misses out
News
The Federal Government’s announcement of half-price flights to Merimbula this autumn and early winter has renewed optimism on the NSW Far South Coast, but will do less to boost tourism further north. People will be able to travel to the seaside town, known for its oysters and white beaches, and 17 other destinations in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the...
New gift card raises hopes that Goulburn residents will shop locally
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After a shocking year for retail during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Regional Development Australia Southern Inland are launching a gift card to encourage more people to shop locally. Purchasers will be able to top-up the 'Shop 2580' gift cards with $10 to $1000, which can be spent in stores in Goulburn and...
Goulburn to spend $7.5 million on three key tourism projects
News
Visitors to the regional NSW city of Goulburn could take a spin on a new 54km cycling and walking trail or enjoy a visit to a Japanese garden with waterfalls and a koi pond sooner rather than later. Goulburn Mulwaree Council is hoping to increase local tourism activities and attractions by submitting three applications for round five of the Federal...
$14 million in government grants for forestry industry in Eden-Monaro
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Forestry businesses across Eden-Monaro have received a total of $14,361,330 in Federal Government funding from the Forestry Recovery Development Fund Program. Eden's South East Fibre Exports will receive $2,249,679 to replace fire-damaged, aged and obsolete high-voltage infrastructure to ensure electricity supply to all parts of the site is reliable. The Tumut-based operations of AKD NSW will receive $5,5 million to...
Businesses struggle to find staff as summer season approaches
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Some South Coast businesses are struggling to find staff as the region gears up for peak season, with many blaming the Federal Government's COVID-19 support for discouraging job-seekers. The Federal Government has extended the coronavirus supplement payment on the JobSeeker unemployment benefit — at a lower rate — until the end of March 2021. JobSeeker will reduce from $815 a...
Tumbarumba’s Hyne Timber welcomes $3 million support, but still needs logs
Economy
The news has been good for Hyne Timber in Tumbarumba during the past week, but it's not out of the woods yet, so to speak. The softwood timber processing company welcomed the announcement of almost $3 million in NSW Government support for bushfire recovery at its Tumbarumba Mill. But reeling from a loss of timber to the fires, the company...
NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund to boost jobs in the bush
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Businesses establishing themselves or expanding in regional NSW could be eligible for grants up to $10 million if they can show they are creating at least five new jobs for people in the bush. The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund was announced by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Sunday, 25 October. He said the fund will provide businesses...
Bushfire business grants ‘welcomed’ in Upper Lachlan but some ‘surprised’ region wasn’t eligible sooner
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During the past summer, Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Stafford only had animals to greet at his wildlife park in Taralga each morning. His business and others in Taralga and the neighbouring town of Crookwell survived on little to no income as smoke from nearby bushfires drove customers away. They were already battling years of drought, then the bushfires,...
Could kelp farming create jobs on the South Coast?
Environment
There's a long history of harvesting kelp manually on the NSW South Coast - a tradition started by Betty Long in 1970. As owner of the business Sea Health, Betty earned the title of "The Kelp Lady". Betty sold the business to Jo Lane in 2015, and it now looks set to pioneer a sustainable kelp farming industry on the...
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